Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day Anniversary

There was a time when schoolchildren were made to remember important dates from history.  Our schools today rarely emphasize this type of knowledge, but there are still dates that should be remembered.  

Today is June 6th 2014.

Seventy years ago on this date, June 6th 1944, forces from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Free France and other Allied Nations landed on the beaches and fields of Normandy to begin the reconquest of Northwest Europe from Nazi occupation. 

General Eisenhower's Address to the troops - from the National Archives

The young men who participated in this invasion are now old men  - the youngest are in their late eighties.  Someday, in the not too distant future, they will all be gone. It is important to remember and honor those that are still alive and those that have passed on for the sacrifices that they made not only for the people of their own nations, but also for the people of nations that were not their own.

To learn more about the invasion of Normandy please visit the US Army D-Day website.

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